From day one, the Howard family felt welcome at On With Life.
"Through the initial meeting, to the orientation process, to the various therapies, it was such a family-type atmosphere," said Steve Howard. "In turn, we felt it enabled the healing process and fostered the rehab experience."
Steve's mother, Marilyn, came to On With Life in 2011 when she suffered a stroke during surgery. She was part of the post-acute inpatient rehabilitation program for three months. The family was so impressed with the program that they believe it's important to continue to support the mission. The Howards generously supported On With Life's expansion in Ankeny with a gift to the capital campaign in 2015, and they recently contributed to the developing therapeutic grounds project.
"We feel that we would not have our mother home, doing as well as she is, without the help of On With Life," Steve said. "We feel it's important the organization continues on so others can benefit as well."
Giving is not new to the Howard family. Steve remembers when his dad, Dale, was a teacher and a coach and gave of his time and talent.
"Dad put into our minds at a very early age that there are different forms of philanthropy. There was giving through a sense of time and volunteering for activities," shared Steve.
Over 42 years ago, Dale bought a car dealership in Iowa Falls. After Dale's passing, Steve and his son continue to run the successful business. Dale's legacy of philanthropy continues on in both gifts of time and talent from family members and treasure from the family's foundation.
"Now that we can afford to be generous in an economic manner, we feel it's important to do so," says Steve.